What if you offered low-cost therapy to teenagers, divorced people and seniors — and no one took advantage of it?
That’s not exactly what’s happening with the Jewish Family Service, but it’s close.
For several years, the agency has provided counseling services to residents of Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk. Clients — who of course do not have to be Jewish — are few and far between.
“We’re a hidden gem,” says a frustrated Sue Brenner, the psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at JFS’s Westport office (located in Compo Shopping Center, above Cohen’s Fashion Optical).
“Maybe because we’re a non-profit, and don’t have the finances to advertise, but we’re definitely underused. It’s puzzling to me.”
The counseling — by licensed clinicians — is low-cost, for families, couples and individuals. No one is turned away; if you can’t pay, there is no fee. JFS does accept insurance.
The organization is starting 2 new groups. One is called “Teens — Let’s Talk.” The focus will include self-consciousness, difficulty getting to school or attending social activities, concerns about body image, and worries about academic or athletic performance.
The teen group will meet Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Schwartz (203-400-9301; email@example.com).
A 2nd group is aimed at men in the process of divorce. It will meet Wednesdays, from 7:30-9 p.m. For information, contact Anthony Silver (203-921-4161, ext. 213, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
One success story is older Westporters. For a while now, JFS has facilitated an ongoing group at the Senior Center.
What do they know that the rest of Westport doesn’t?